When a white butterfly crosses your path or enters your home, it will bring good luck and is a sign that you will have a good life.
Some believe ‘White’ butterflies also symbolize past spirits/souls. I've come to believe they are signs of good luck or angels watching over you. ‘White’ butterflies have many different symbolic meanings in different cultures. Regardless of their symbolism, every time a ‘White’ butterfly crosses my path, it puts a smile on my face and touches my soul.
My husband came home one night and exclaimed excitedly, “This evening my Mom, elder brother and I went to Ulu Yam for its famous loh mee and ‘saito’ fish cake. They are so delicious, someday; I will bring you and the children there to taste them.”
I really do look forward to that day and it came today. This afternoon we made a trip to a small town called Ulu Yam somewhere in Selangor for the meal. This place was some 47 km away from Kuala Lumpur and I remembered I used to pass by this little town on the way back to Ipoh some two decades ago before we had the North South Highway.
It took us almost an hour to reach the place amidst a very heavy downpour all the way. It was a long journey for us and I was worried he might not recognize the way but luckily we managed to get there at last.
Once there we ordered two bowls of loh mee, a big one and a medium one. They are so delicious, something out of this world. I liked the color of the gravy, dark and thick. The taste of the black vinegar is heavenly and it goes well with the smooth noodle. It is different from what we used to have in Kuala Lumpur. They cost RM13 and RM9 respectively.
Another star attraction is the ‘saito’ fish cake. It was so fresh. How do I know it was fresh? Well, the skin was crispy and the flesh bouncy and free from a fishy smell. It goes well with the chilli sauce provided. We ordered a big plate which cost us RM16.
It was truly a wonderful meal, because firstly, my husband kept his promise of bringing us there despite the distance and the food was really tasty too. We are very happy and satisfied and have an enjoyable trip back home.
It was also a simple meal but very meaningful for it brought us closer and that is what counts.
Recently, I came across this piece of news from the net. I could not believe my eyes when I read them. Read this for yourself to see if this could help you in any way:-
Eat raw ginger to ease muscle pain
LONDON - Recent research has found that consumption of raw ginger can help to alleviate muscle tension caused by exercise.
The new study conducted in America showed if consumed on a daily basis, a small amount of the spice is effective to reduce the strains on muscle after a workout session.
The result which was published in the Journal of Pain supported the anecdotal evidence that ginger has pain-killer properties.
Researchers from the University of Georgia gave the participants 2g of raw ginger, another group an equivalent amount of heat-treated ginger, and a third group was given a placebo (used as a control in the research).
There was evidence that heat treatment can boost the spice potency up to 11 days and increase its pain-relieving effects.
Participants were put through a series of arm exercises.
The outcome revealed that 24 hours after exercise, the pain levels of the group who ate raw gingers were 25 per cent lower than those on placebos.
Pain levels were also 23 per cent lower in the heat-treated group.
Besides its use as a remedy for nausea, previous ab study has also found that powdered ginger could kill ovarian cancer cells.
So, sprinkle more gingers on your steamed fish or porridge and add a few pieces to your fried vegetables to start making the difference. Or just take a few glasses of ginger tea. Blended ginger also made good dip for meats like chicken.
This morning I noticed Uncle Khoo just got a haircut. I asked him how much it cost him. RM13, he replied. He complained it was getting more expensive to have a haircut nowadays.
“Do you know that back in the 50s, it cost 80 cents to have a hair cut?” he asked ironically.
“For 80 cents, the hairdresser gave an hour service which included a haircut, a shave, a de-waxing for both ears and a very thorough message for the neck, the shoulders and the back?” he recalled those good old days with a tinge of nostalgia.
“Imagine, all these for just 80 cents and now, what you got for RM13?” he asked, shaking his head in disbelief.
“What you got today was just the haircut and shaving. That’s all” he said sadly, giving out a sigh of regret.
Time has change, Uncle Khoo. Time has change. This is 2010, Uncle. Some things are not the same anymore. You just have to learn to live with it.
This morning after the rain stopped, I went to Peel Road to see Uncle Khoo again. It has been sometimes since I last have a chat with him. I am curious how he was doing lately. He just had an operation for prostate enlargement about two months ago.
I am very pleased to see him doing his daily routine at the reflexology patch. He was very excited to see me too and gave me a nice pat on my cheeks. How grandfatherly of him to do that! He was clearly very appreciative of my company. We have a nice and lengthy chat, catching up like long lost friends.
Uncle Khoo told me he was born in China some 90 years ago. He got married at 17 years old and had a son. At the age of 30 plus, poverty drove him to Malaya. He came alone on a steamer. It could accommodate between 2000 to 3000 people on the trip. There was no place to sit or lay down. Just enough space to stand, he claimed. He brought biscuits to last him the 2 to 3 weeks on sea before he reached Singapore and later, Klang. From Klang he took a bus to Kuala Lumpur on a 10 cent fare.
In Kuala Lumpur he found a job in a sundry shop, loading and unloading sacks and sacks of rice on his shoulder to be transport to customers. He was paid RM30 a month of which he sent RM15 to his family in China. Years later, circumstances forced him to marry a local woman and from this second marriage, he got another seven children. They loved him very dearly and took good care of him.
After decades of hard work, Uncle Khoo is now enjoying the fruits of his labor. He is always in high spirits and jovial mood. Healthy and happy, he is looking forward to his grandson’s wedding in 2 weeks time. He bid me goodbye as he hurried off to have his hair cut for the occasion.